HOW TO PAINT AN EXTERIOR DOOR TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE WOOD

First I should start by saying we got a new door in our back entry (insert applause here).  It’s been 2 years in the making and we finally just got it in before the snow flies.  The reason we wanted a new door was because the old one was original to the house and it was wood, which had some rot on it.  The seal wasn’t good anymore and cold air would come streaming in.  And lastly, because the last one had no windows and I was really trying to brighten up this back corner a bit!

This is the best picture I could find, it was just a solid wood paneled door.

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and here it is from the outside..,the one I just finally painted black….oh well, it lasted for a few months;)

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So, Ry got to work taking out the old door…

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and putting in the new…

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We had bought this door a year ago when they were having a sale at Menards.  It’s just been sitting in the shed since then;)  I think it cost us around $150 at the time.

Although I was grateful it would let some light in, I’m not always a huge fan of in-stock metal doors.  If there was no budget involved I would love a door like this…

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or this…

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or I suppose I would even take something like this…

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but unfortunately those are way out of our budget.  So, the stock door it was.

Then the other day I was blog reading and came across this door on Our Vintage Home Love.

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I was smitten.  She took her ordinary door and transformed it into a faux wood original.  That’s when I knew this is what I was going to try.  The only bugger was that she didn’t really give step by step directions.  Her directions were..

I would like to be able to tell you the colors I used but I just mixed a bunch of colors from my paint stash and then rubbed an antiquing glaze over the entire door.  The antiquing glaze I bought at Lowes.  I just dabbed and rubbed off until I had the look I wanted.  The colors included a leather brown color, a chocolate color and a gold and a little black.

So, with that, I was on a mission.  And on my own.  I headed to Menards and grabbed sample sizes of colors that I thought were close tot he ones she mentioned.  This is what I ended up with..

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They are dutch boy paints that I got mixed in the small samples sizes.  I think they were about $2 each.

I then searched everywhere for an antique glaze and came up with NOTHING!  Menards didn’t have anything, I checked the lowes and home depot website and couldn’t find anything, and then I finally came across this I believe on Amazon.

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it was the closest I could come to for an antique glaze.  I believe this was about $12??  So I figured if it didn’t work, I wasn’t out too much.

So, now onto the challenge.  I was a little nervous to get started but first opened up all of my paints…

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I also added in my chalkboard paint for the black, cause that’s all I had.  So if you don’t have black you’ll want to get some of that as well.

Then I used the same brush the whole time and started layering on…starting with the lightest brown and some darker browns.

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Then I’d add a little bit of the gold for highlightening and dimension…

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I would just keep on layering and adding and layering and adding until I covered the whole door and was pleased with the look.

Here’s how she looked when I was done with that step.

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It looks a little more terd brown in this pic than it actually was:)  But after I got this part done, I added some black around the edges to give it a deeper look and dimension.

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I would just put about this much on the outside of the panels or edges of the door and then paint it in to blend well.  And here’s what it looked like after that step.

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At first I didn’t paint the grid, but after assessing it I realized it made it look a bit cheaper with a white grid, and did the same process on that as well.

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Quite honestly, I was pleased with the results with just paint.  But at this point my glaze was in the mail so I thought I’d still try to see what that did to the final effect.

When my glaze arrived I brushed it on and wiped it off like a stain.  Although it didnt’ do a ton, it did help to blend everything just a bit more.  It’s up to you whether you would want to spend the extra $12 on that or not.  Here are pictures of the door completed, glaze and all..

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Doors are super hard to get good pictures of I have realized, the light is hard to photograph!

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and from the sitting room…

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I jut like that it pops a little bit.

I actually liked it so much I didn’t it to my front door as well…

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this door was always getting so dirty with little fingers that the dark helps a lot!

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and a a close up..

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I’m pretty sure I’ll be painting the outside of the doors to match next spring.  That’s a project that will have to wait though as it’s a little too cold out there to do it now:)

Happy painting!

 

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29 thoughts on “HOW TO PAINT AN EXTERIOR DOOR TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE WOOD”

  1. Your door turned out amazing!! Did you seal it with anything when you were done? I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m a little Nervous.
    And what kind of a brush did you use?
    I love your blog!!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment:) I didn’t seal it with anything, and it’s held up pretty good. I have had to touch up a few spots, so you may want to add a top coat of matte polycrilic to it for extra protection!

  2. Have you tried grain rollers? I have an ugly grey metal door at the entrance of my shops office and I am thinking about refinishing it to look like wood and am just wondering how the grain rollers look with the finished product.

    1. I have seen those, but for me with the panels and windows on my door this was an easier option:) But if you have a solid flat door, it might be nice to get the extra texture!

  3. I’m looking to paint drywall to look like wood. We have a finished basement with a drywall wrapped beam from floor to ceiling and also bumps out from the ceiling. Do you think this same process would work on drywall? I think I would skip the stain because I’m not sure how it would look on drywall.
    Thanks!

    1. Yes it will work on drywall. One step more – for a wood grain feel, use a cheap paint brush with fat bristles and drag some of the paint for added dimension.

    2. The door looks great and yes drywall will look good too. I redid my entire bathroom cabinets using a dark brown antiquing glaze over a mahogany colored paint and even created a faux wood grain that looked like real mahogany. The small stiff bristled brush did the trick. The most important step is to apply a top coat of satin polyurethane. This seals the paint and glaze and reduces scratch marks. Water based glazes will mark easily and will even rub off when wet if polyurethane isn’t applied.

  4. Just what I was looking for, we just put a metal door on our bathroom, we got tired of termites chewing through our door every 5 years so metal it is, and now Im gonna see how well it turns out and test my talents following your suggestions, and BTW your door looks amazing.

  5. Sallie, thanks for the post. I am gonna try your way, I will send before and after pics if I can! Your spiritual message drew me to you….like souls!

  6. Hey Allie, I just saw this and had a couple questions. Was this several coats of waiting for the door to dry before layering, or did you paint it all at once using the different colors? Also, how long did one door take you? Thanks!

    1. I did it all at one time, it was actually quite nice so that the paint blended together a bit better. I did the half lit door in less than an hour, so it’s acutally a pretty fast process once you get going!:)

  7. I just found your blog via pinterest. I think it was a picture of your awesome kitchen that caught my eye and so I had to see more. You have a beautiful home but even more a beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing and for being an example to other women of how to live like a Proverbs 31 girl :)

  8. Having been at your last Whimsy sale & having the privilege of seeing your beautiful home… as good as your
    photography is… the pictures don’t do it justice.
    I’m always amazed at the projects you’re willing to take on!! Keep up the inspirational work!!

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